Stayed in loop 1 site 11. Great site. Close seconds are 9 & 13. Large & private & close to modern showers & bathrooms through a nice wood chip lined path. Site 11 is private & backs up to a stream with no sites behind you or to the left. There is a site across but on an angle so if you park your car right, they can not see into the camp site. We drove to all the loops and sites and I honestly have to say site 11 and 9 are two of the largest sites I saw and some of the most level sites. The stream runs through the camp area & kids love it so expect kids to walk in the stream past your site. We didnt mind at all & our kids liked seeing other kids. The site is large& had a nice stone fire place. we cooked on it every night. The park does sell fire wood good for a night & a morning of fire for 8.00. They said it was kiln dried but ours was damp. We actually bought our wood from Grand Union for 6.00 which was good for a night of fire but it was dry & burned great. You can bring in your own wood if its bought within 50 miles of the park. The bathrooms & showers were modern & the staff came 2x per day to clean them. Unfortunately some campers are very disrespectful & dirty & would mess up the bathrooms & showers within 10 min of the staff cleaning them. There are 2 beaches-North & south. South beach is better. The beach area is flat & the water more shallow for small children. However it is not always open for swimming due to no life guard. Ask the main gate office if a life guard is on duty b4 driving to the south beach. The road to south beach is broken up with pot holes & road upheavels so it takes about 20 min of 8 mile per hour driving to get to the beach inorder not take out a tire or brake an axel. North Beach is deeper, crowded & the beach is sloped. Many hiking trails but if you want a great view without an intensive hike, then take the road to south beach but drive past it to the very end & you can walk up the old access road that used to lead to the catskill hotel. It takes about 10 min. The view is amazing. Ok so about the bears- if you follow the clear instructions they give you when you check in, you will not have issues. Unfortunatley some moron in our loop was making pancakes for the bear & feeding him so he was attracted to the loop. It wasnt the bear's fault. We followed the rules & although its a pain to do so, it kept our site bear free. I had bear paw prints on my 4x4 but the bear was attracted to the vehicle parked on the edge of the site & not us or our tents. If people would follow the rules there would not be a bear issue. Just some last tips-pack a sweat shirt &sweat pants. Although it was 85 & hot in the day it got as low as 45 at night. Kaaterskill falls is nice but the walk down the road is very dangerous. Be careful as few drivers adhere to the 20 miles per hour. My advice if you have kids is drop them off with an adult at the small pull over at the falls & then park your car in the lot & walk down yourself. wear water shoes for grip on the rocks at the falls. Avoid Tannersville except Grand Union which is on the far end of town. they are reasonable for quickthings like hot dog rolls or fire wood or ice. The rest of the town is a tourist trap. Avoid Smileys ice cream towards the end of town. They charge 3.50 for the smallest soft serve cone that could possibly be created. I was actually stunned when he handed it to me to give to my son. I had three kids. 10.50 for three mini cones. I would have walked out except my kids really wanted ice cream. Its pure greed plain and simple. Its probably why the place is empty of any customers. that should have been the first warning. There is an ice cream truck that will go through the camp ground. very cheap ice cream novelties plus he sells bags of ice for 2.00. If you really need alot of things then drive down into catskill to the super wal mart. lastly, gas at stewarts is about 10 cents more then at the bottom of the mountain but they have decent coffee & scooped ice cream in cones for a decent price. The camp ground is nice and just follow the rules regarding bears and stay clear of Tourist trap: I mean Tannersville if possible.
- Also Known As:
- North-South Lake Campground Hotel Haines Falls